Ben Smith, age 23 or 24, has been missing from the area near Raven Road and Big Dipper since July 4 around 4 or 5 p.m.
He has been staying with Joline Gutierrez Krueger, who said he is on medication and missed his evening doses last night. He left his cell phone behind.
Smith is about 5-feet, 6-inches tall, with thin, blond unkempt shoulder-length hair, Krueger said in a Facebook post. He was wearing khaki shorts, black running shoes with blue accents and an off-white T-shirt with small illustrations of various animal scat.
Krueger asks that if anyone has seen him to contact her at 505-730-2793.
Leota Harriman
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